Nov. 29, 2008
Florida Atlantic University had four players score double-figures and led by as many as 25, before hanging on at the end to defeat Tennessee Tech 70-64 at FAU Arena on Saturday.
Down 7-2 early in the first half, the Owls went on a 21-4 run midway through the first half. A Jaimie Givens lay-up put FAU ahead and after Brittany Bowe knocked down a jumper, the Owls pushed the lead to 25-11. FAU pushed the lead to 49-28 at halftime thanks to 53 percent (16-30) shooting in the first half, and six of 13 shooting from beyond the arc.
The Owls got off to a hot start in the second half and pushed the lead to 25 points after a Breana Turner lay-up made it 59-34 with 16:14 left. Tennessee Tech then went on a run thanks to a stretch where the Owls only made one field goal in the span of 13 minutes. The Golden Eagles cut the lead to four after an Allison Price three-pointer cut FAU's lead to 62-58. However, Tech would get no closer as Candace Lambert connected on her only field goal of the game, a three-pointer that made the score 65-58. An Andrea Taylor three with just over a minute to go pushed the Owl lead to eight and sealed the win.
"I was pleased with our execution in the first 25 minutes of the game," said Chancellor Dugan. "However, we really got away from our game plan at the end and we just need to execute better."
Turner and Givens led FAU (3-2) in scoring with 11 points apiece. Carla Stubbs and Jessica Knurick added 10 points as FAU ended the game shooting 24-52 from the field (46 percent). FAU, however, was out rebounded by the Golden Eagles 39-33 and committed 27 turnovers.
Krystal Stirrup led Tennessee Tech (1-4) and all scorers with 16 points on six-of eight shooting. Allison Price added 15 points and Megan Lyons scored 10. The Golden Eagles could not, however, overcome 26 turnovers.
FAU will face Texas, who defeated Georgia Tech Saturday evening 76-68 to advance to the final of the FAU Thanksgiving Classic on Sunday at 5 p.m. The day will begin with the consolation match between Tennessee Tech and Georgia Tech at 3 p.m. Show your ticket stub from the previous day's FAU-FIU 'Shula Bowl' showdown and get into the game for one dollar.